New eruptive activity in the summit caldera of Nyamulagira

Localisation_Nyam-Nyigo_EOS_pointed_lightSporadically from April 2014, then more systematically since 22nd June 2014, red glow has become visible on top of Nyamulagira. On 1st July 2014, helicopter flights confirmed the presence of lava fountains in the 400 × 600 m-wide pit crater located in the NE sector of the caldera. More information will come soon on the GORISK website.

In the meantime, do not hesitate to watch some photos of this new activity!

Note: The flickr photo gallery takes some time to load…


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FNR Awards 2013

In October 2013, Benoît Smets, Nicolas d’Oreye, François Kervyn and Adrien Oth  received the FNR Award for the Oustanding Promotion of Science to the Public, thanks to the documentary “Nyiragongo, expédition sur un lac de lave” realized by B. Luypaert for the Belgian Public television, and for the public conferences organized by the scientists in both Belgium and Luxembourg.

FNR AWARDS CEREMONY 2013 From left to right: Adrien Oth, Benoît Smets, Nicolas d'Oreye.

From left to right: Adrien Oth, Benoît Smets, Nicolas d’Oreye.

More information about the FNR Awards here.

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AVCoR 2013 Workshop

Active Volcanism & Continental Rifting Workshop

with special focus on the Kivu rift zone

November 12-14, 2013 – Gisenyi, Rwanda


Second Circular in ENGLISH

Seconde Circulaire en FRANCAIS

Or visit



  • Geodesy, ground deformation measurements and modeling of deformations associated to volcanic, tectonic or landslide activity
  • Geochemistry, volcanic plume, rock and water
  • Geomorphology, structural aspects
  • Seismology, tectonic activity and volcano related seismology
  • Volcano monitoring (remote sensing, ground based techniques…)
  • Geohazards versus stratified lake stability
  • Hazards, risk, vulnerability assessment and society issues
  • Environmental challenges in the specific context of geohazards management

F. Kervyn, C. Michellier, Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA). Belgium
N. d’Oreye, B. Smets, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) / European Center for Geodynamic and Seismology (ECGS). Luxembourg
A. Umutoni, U. Rutagarama, Energy Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA). Rwanda
K. Karume, Goma Volcanological Observatory (GVO). Democratic Republic of Congo

A. Ayele, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
E. Calais, Laboratoire de Géologie de l’Ecole normale supérieure, France
S. Carn, Michigan Technological University, USA
D. Delvaux, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium
C. Ebinger, Univ. of Rochester, USA
F. Kervyn, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium
K. Karume, Goma Volc. Observatory, DRC
G. Mavonga, Goma Volc. Observatory, DRC
N. d’Oreye, Nat. Mus. of Nat. History, Lux./European Center for Geodynamics
and Seismology, Luxembourg
N. Pagliuca, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica E Vulcanologia, Italy
P. Pigeon, Université de Savoie, France
C. Scholz, Syracuse University, USA
D. Tedesco, University of Napoli 2, Italy
T. Wright, University of Leeds, UK
G. Yirgu, Univ. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

November 12 – 14, 2013: Workshop
November 15 – 17, 2013: Training course on “e-tools designed to long and short-term hazard assessment and decision making during volcanic crisis”.


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The documentary “Danse dans la gueule d’un volcan”

The documentary of the emission “Matière Grise” (RTBF) was broadcasted for the first time on June 7th 2012, 23h05 (UTC+2), on “La Une”! This reportage presents fieldworks performed during a 11 days scientific expedition on top of Nyiragongo volcano (North Kivu, D.R. Congo) to study the largest active lava lake on Earth. Some images of this amazing expedition are available HERE.

Link to the Matière Grise’s webpage.


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ERUPTION ALERT: Nyamulagira started to erupt on 6th November 2011, 5:55 PM (UTC+2)

Nyamulagira volcano started to erupt on Sunday evening, November 6th 2011, 5:55 PM (UTC+2).

According to the Goma Volcano Observatory, the eruptive site is located ~12 km east-northeast of the Nyamulagira main caldera. The erupted lavas are currently flowing northward and do not seem to threaten inhabited areas for the moment.

Eruption Reports about the ongoing activity are posted HERE

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Benoît Smets – Awarded the 2011 Belgian Vocation Foundation grant

Benoît Smets on Mt Nyiragongo (North Kivu, DRC)

Benoît Smets, a young researcher of the Royal Museum for Central Africa has recently received the 2011 Belgian Vocation Foundation grant. More information here.

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Website construction

Welcome to the GORISK website! This website is still under construction. Information will be available soon. Thank you for your patience!

The GORISK team

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